27 August 2008: Top writers and musicians to combine at Arts Council’s Electric Picnic stage

Some of the country’s top writers will team up this weekend with stars from the world of music at the Arts Council’s first ever Words & Music Stage at the Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois.

Among those scheduled to discuss their favourite books are musicians Nick Cave and Josh Ritter, as well as Welsh-speaking singer Duffy. From the world of literature, Roddy Doyle, Hugo Hamilton and Julia Kelly will give picnickers an insight into their work.

The Arts Council has constructed a special Words & Music stage in the Spoken Word Arena at the Electric Picnic, and will roll out a full programme on Saturday and Sunday. Speaking about the Electric Picnic, the Chair of the Arts Council, Olive Braiden said, "The Electric Picnic is a unique and important event, which will see literature programmed in a new and diverse context.  It gives the Arts Council the opportunity to promote literature before an audience of more than 32,000 festival goers".

Mary Cloake, Director of the Arts Council said, "The funding for this event is part of the Arts Council’s ongoing literature strategy, and focuses on audience engagement with high quality literary events in an informal, multi-disciplinary setting."  

John Reynolds, the promoter of the Electric Picnic said he was delighted to have the Arts Council as a partner for the Words & Music Stage: "Electric Picnic has always been much more than a music festival, and we are very happy to have the Arts Council involved in this year’s event. We sincerely hope that this will prove to be the beginning of a successful relationship."

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